Originally Posted by hidefpaul
Does anyone know at what price range these Focal speakers start/end
? I am looking at changing my Elac's FS 247's LR and the matching center with perhaps speakers from the Focal line......I am just not sure where to start. I am willing to spend a total of about $ 6K
for the LR and matching Center.
I do some 2 ch listening SACD/CD etc (30%), and most of my other listening is from BD lossless movies and concert disks.
You are somewhere in the middle there, but it depends on your location. I have both the 816W and 826W pairs and the latter was about £1,800 in the UK a couple of years ago. The "W" cones add a premium over the "V" versions and are supposed to be better, but I have never actually compared. I don't think much changes until you get to the "Be" tweeters and they will be outside your range if you are looking to add a matching centre. Perhaps the newly announce 836W would suit, but these are best for a large space and can be bass heavy depending on material. The matching centre is the CC800V - a set of 3 would probably come in under your target by quite a bit, but the jump up to the 10xxBe series is far more.
PS. I will be picking up the OPPO 95 and a decent Pre pro (Rotel 1572 - Review pending) or even the (Marantz AV 7005 - heard/read good things about it). The pre- pro will be powered by a Parasound Halo A51 amp that I now have in my system.
I drive my 826W's with the 1572 and it is good but I would say quite clinical. I have tripped the protection when turning it up a long way - the 826W's do dip in impedence quite a bit, see the spec sheet. Again, this was just once when I was getting very enthusiastic